As a skin application, fresh Aloe Vera gel either straight from the leaf or blended into a viscous liquid surpasses many, if not all, of the most expensive skin care products available - AND of course its NATURAL.
It is an excellent anti-aging treatment as it tightens skin by increasing collagen production and elastin. It also stimulates fibroblast* cells.
Fibroblast stimulates blood vessel growth and is an important player in wound healing. (click to see active components and properties)
Aloe Vera is also antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antiviral which makes it perfect in keeping skin clear and controlling many of the unwanted skin afflictions we can suffer. It also soothes, softens and naturally moisturises skin, helping skin problems like eczema and psoriasis heal.
The best way to use Aloe Vera is fresh, that is gel straight from the leaf.
Follow these simple instructions -how to make the gel lotion - and you will have fresh gel that is easy to use, more economical and gives a more evenly distributed application. Add a few drops of your favourite fragrance if you wish. The prepared gel lotion will keep for 3 to 5 days if kept in a cool place in a container with a lid.
If you are using Aloe as a body conditioner, leave it on until it has been absorbed naturally - this could be anything from 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how much has been applied - then rinse lightly water. Lukewarm is better and a shower will also do the trick. If you shower it is better not to use soap unless otherwise necessary.
* A fibroblast is a type of cell that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen the structural framework (stroma) for animal tissues, and plays a critical role in wound healing and/or, in the case of this article, skin repair from the effects of exposure to ultra-violet rays and oxidation.